The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.
Behind the Scenes: A Window into History created by Sara Marshall, Stephen Diehl, and Brendan Mahoney ’11, of College Communications for the online edition of Middlebury Magazine. We’re very pleased with and honored by the film.
Special Collections is honored to present “Twin Towers Tragedy — Ten Years: Photographs by John Jonas Gruen,” in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library, Monday, September 5-Friday, October 7, 2011. This solemn retrospective on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 offers 15 photographs taken by New York author/photographer John (Jonas) Gruen in the wake of the unspeakable events of 9/11. The exhibit at Middlebury College is an exclusive viewing of Gruen’s 9/11 photographs not included in the exhibit now on view at Guild Hall in Easthampton, NY. At the reception of the opening of an exhibit of his Guild Hall exhibit on Saturday, September 3, 2011, Gruen summed up the experience of taking these photographs – ”To have witnessed the unthinkable was to know the meaning of rage and confusion.”
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR
ANNUAL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OPEN HOUSE
Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level
FACULTY & STAFF ARE INVITED TO REVIEW OUR MOST RECENT ACQUISITIONS OF PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS INCLUDING
RARE BOOKS & FIRST EDITIONS; MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS; JOURNALS; DIARIES; ANTIQUE MAPS & PRINTS; EPHEMERA; ETC.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS MATERIALS ARE SELECTED FOR THEIR RELEVANCE TO COURSES BEING TAUGHT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AS WELL AS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH
SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ACQUISITIONS ARE WELCOME
TOURS OF THE CLOSED STACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE
PLEASE STOP IN ANYTIME
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
SEPTEMBER 6, 7, & 8, 2011
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU
A change in Summer Hours for Special Collections on the Lower Level of the Davis Family Library was approved by the LIS Area Directors at their recent meeting. The following hours will be in effect immediately:
Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2 By Appointment Only
Friday, June 3 Open 1-5 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
Saturday, June 4 Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
June 5-19 CLOSED
Monday, June 20-Friday, August19 By Appointment Only
Monday, August 22-Friday, September 2 CLOSED
CLOSED WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER
As part of the LIS Education & Training Team’s charge, we have developed an inventory of information and technology skills and knowledge needed by LIS staff, as well as College faculty, students and staff. On our inventory we also indicate why and to what extent the skills are needed and include some of the resources currently provided by LIS to support faculty, students, and staff. The team hopes to determine where educational and training resources are either inadequate or missing and to propose more effective ways of delivering essential education and training. Continue reading
McEwan is widely admired throughout the world as a writer of substance. He won the prestigious Booker Prize for AMSTERDAM, and many of his novels, including ATONEMENT, ENDURING LOVE, THE CEMENT GARDEN, and THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, have been made into major films.
”No one writing in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan,” The Washington Post.